Employment Region Dashboards and Profiles
The NSC has developed a range of resources which provide insights about employment conditions and the labour market in areas across Australia.
- Monthly Labour Market Dashboards
- Industry Profiles
- Recruitment Trends and Employer Needs Profiles
Monthly Labour Market Dashboard
Latest release date - May 2022
Next release date - June 2022
The monthly labour market dashboards combine a range of data sources from the National Skills Commission, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for 51 Employment Regions. National, state and territory dashboards are also provided. Note that the latest version of the dashboards use a 6-month average of original data from the Labour Force Survey for all Employment Regions. Recent analysis shows that this approach achieves the best balance between smoothing regional data volatility while allowing trends and turning points to be observed.
The dashboards include information on:
- Key labour market indicators
- 5-year employment time series
- 5-year unemployment rate (%) time series
- Largest employing industries in a region
- jobactive caseload data for a region
- Local Government Area unemployment rates
- Number of internet job advertisements
- Occupations in demand in a region
The dashboards incorporate data from the following sources:
- ABS Labour Force Survey
- DESE Employment services caseload
- NSC Internet Vacancy Index (IVI)
- NSC Small Area Labour Markets (SALM)
- NSC Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS) results (Australia and states/territories)
Also note the ABS has advised that the flooding that occurred in New South Wales and Queensland from late February 2022 resulted in a major disruption to the operation of the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As a result, there were lower than usual numbers of responding households to the LFS in some of the flood affected regions in March 2022.
For the purpose of this dashboard, for the affected New South Wales and Queensland Employment Regions, February 2022 LFS data has been used in lieu of March 2022 LFS data. Please note that the non-affected regions, state and national dashboards will reference March 2022 data.
Latest release – April 2022
Next release – October 2022
The NSC industry profiles explore employment trends in 51 Australian Employment Regions and how they have changed over the past 10 years. They also examine the gender and age distribution of the workforce for each region.
A national overview is also available. This paper provides insights into: structural change; the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, hours worked and job vacancies; and provides the latest NSC industry employment projections over the five years to November 2026.
Recruitment Trends and Employers' Needs Profiles
Latest release – November 2021
Next release – Approximately every 6 months
These profiles provide an update on recruitment activity for each of the 51 Employment Regions.
The profiles show:
- Trends in the Internet Vacancy Index
- The top 10 advertised jobs
- The top 10 most requested skills in job ads
- Data from the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey showing
- the proportion of employers recruiting
- difficulty in recruiting
- reasons for recruitment (new positions or to replace staff)
- staffing outlook
- methods employers used to advertise their positions.
About the data
The following documents explain the data sources used and provide advice on how to interpret the data: